PETALING JAYA: Ministries must answer for the instances of mismanagement disclosed in the Auditor-General’s Report, the deputy prime minister said.
The report highlighted several cases of the misuse of public funds, including the payment of RM224 for a set of four screwdrivers costing about RM40 in the market.
The report said the government paid RM8.39 million more than the market price in 2002 for the purchase of 13 items for the National Youth Skills Institutes programme. These included technical books consisting of 10 titles priced at RM10,700 and a 3.1 megapixel digital camera that was bought for RM8,254.
Najib also said ministry secretaries-general had no authority to approve funds for direct negotiation tenders because these projects had to go through and were decided by the Finance Ministry.
Earlier, the deputy prime minister gave away prizes to the winners of the golf tournament.
The Business Times Golf Invitation is an annual event, started in 2001, aimed at fostering rapport between newspapers and corporate leaders.
The first prize winner, Nor Saiful Zaini Nasiruddin, walked away with a Nokia 6300 handphone; second-placed Datuk Vincent Lee won a Fuji Xerox DocuPrint 204A printer; and third-placed Mohd Aref Mohd Ali received a Nokia 250 handphone.
Also present were NSTP chief executive officer Datuk Syed Faisal Albar, Tenaga Nasional senior vice-president (operations) Datuk Md Sidek Ahmad and NSTP group editor-in-chief Datuk Hishamuddin Aun.
BMW Malaysia had sponsored a BMW 320i for a hole-in-one.
yg lain wa tak tahu tapi 3.1 megapixel digital camera for RM8,254 memang mengarut tahap dewa gaban.
Nikon D80 yg 10.2 megapixel, DSLR yg best tu pun baru RM4,100.